Tracey Wesley (she/her) has cultivated a life-long passion for theatre, graduating in 1981 with a BA degree in Theatre Arts from Castleton State College (now Castleton University). She went on to study acting and voice in London, participating in workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In recent years she took a summer acting course at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Tracey is a classically trained soprano and has been a featured soloist with the Granville Area Chorus and Vermont Opera Theatre. Tracey acted for many years prior to finding that her real passion was directing young people. Teamed with her techie husband Dave (BA, Visual Arts, Middlebury College) she developed an award-winning drama program during her 23 years at Long Trail School in Dorset, Vermont. In addition to performing in Dorset, she and her husband have taken productions all over the state of Vermont with the Vermont State Drama Festival. She is a past president of the Vermont State Drama Council as well as being a member of the New England Drama Council.
Her productions have been nominated numerous times to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and she and her husband have had the pleasure of taking three productions to that audience. At LTS Tracey taught numerous acting and directing courses along with International Baccalaureate (IB) classes in Theatre Arts. She has mentored students in playwriting and they have taken first place in the Dorset Theatre Festival Young Playwrights Competition on several occasions. A group of her IB students collaborated during a class and wrote a play that was subsequently published. In the fall of 2018 Tracey joined Broadway Upstate, a performing arts school located in Hudson Falls, NY where she is teaching acting classes to students ages 8-18. Tracey has many former students who are working professionally in the theatre world today and she is thrilled to be a part of Shakespeare in the Woods inaugural season.